[Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center]
| ||Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) Project (Project PhaseⅡ) |
|Counterpart Organization |
| ||Responsible Ministry: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) Implementing Agency: Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) |
Project Phase 1 (April 1, 2004-March 31, 2009)
Project Phase 2 (April 1, 2009-March 31, 2014)
Outline of Project Phase I
In Cambodia, the influence of devastation of civil war after the 1960s is presently continuing, therefore, aid assistance in both hard and soft aspects "infrastructure, human resource development and establishment of government systems" is needed for this country. After the communist regime (1985-1989), the royal government of Cambodia decided to adopt free-market economy system since the conclusion of Paris Peace Agreements (1991). However, they only have weak foundation in free-market economy system and it is an urgent issue to establish the systems and develop human resources.
While, the government of Japan establishes "Japan Center", which aims at developing human resources who can take on business in free-market economy through Japanese experiences and know-how in the countries whose economy is transferred from planned economy to free-market economy in Cambodia, project formulation mission team had been dispatched in March 2000 to study its necessity. Concerning this case the royal government of Cambodia was very interested in "Japan Center", therefore Japanese government continued discussions with Cambodian side in task force members of which the Embassy of Japan and JICA Cambodia office are the representative members.
In January 2001, the royal government of Cambodia determined to establish "Japan Center" on the campus of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. In June 2002, the royal government of Cambodia officially requested for the construction of "Japan Center" building from Japan's Grant Aid, and also the project type technical cooperation for the activities. Having received the request, JICA dispatched the First Ex-ante Evaluation Mission Team to make a consensus of basic framework of cooperation and to survey the needs for "Japan Center" in February 2003.
According to the result of First Ex-ante evaluation, JICA dispatched the Second Ex-ante Evaluation Mission Team to discuss the implementation and management systems of Human Resources Development Course (HRD), Japanese Language Course (JLC), and Exchange Program as well as the concrete content of each course in June 2003. Moreover, in November 2003, the Third Ex-ante evaluation mission team was dispatched to discuss the management planning of CJCC in the future. In March 2004, R/D mission team was dispatched and the royal government of Cambodia and government of Japan agreed to start technical cooperation project on April 1, 2004.
In July 15, 2004, Exchange of Notes was subscribed under the presence of Prime Minister Samdach Hun Sen for the Grant Aid of CJCC building construction. The CJCC building construction was started in November 2004 and finished in November 2005.
In February 21, 2006, The Cambodia Japan-Cooperation Center (CJCC) celebrated its official opening of the new building on the campus of the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). Japanese and Cambodian people, students, foreign diplomats alike, joined the celebration in which Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia and His Excellency Takahashi Fumiaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Cambodia delivered speeches congratulating the center for its achievements helping to enhance consistent human resource development and to strengthen closer ties between the Japanese and Cambodian people.
The CJCC Project Phase I, continued until March 31, 2009 with fruitful achievement in terms of contributing to human resource development in Cambodia and strengthening mutual understanding between Cambodia and Japan.
1) Human Resource Development for promoting market- oriented economic reform in Cambodia.
2) To promote friendship and relationship between Cambodia and Japan.
1) Implementation of Human Resource Development Course to promote market-oriented economic reform
2) Implementation of Japanese Language Course to promote market-oriented economic reform and mutual understanding
3) Implementation of Exchange Program to promote mutual understanding
4) Implementation of other activities
Implementation main activities as noted above and establishment system for sustainable development of CJCC
Outline of CJCC Project Phase II
In year 2009 as the final year of CJCC Project phase I, the Royal Government of Cambodia made an official request to the Government of Japan for the CJCC Project phase II. In response to the request made by the Royal Government of Cambodia, JICA has organized the Preparatory Survey Team headed by Mr. Hiroaki Nakagawa in order to discuss the framework of the Project and to review the CJCC project based on the PDM and to evaluate the project performance in the phase I from January 15 to January 23, 2009. As the result of the discussions, the Preparatory Survey Team and Cambodia side agreed to sign the minute of meeting on January 23, 2009. Both parties agreed to continue implementing CJCC Project Phase II, started from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2014, based on the basic concept as the following points:
CJCC contributes to human resource development to promote economic development in Cambodia and mutual understanding between Cambodia and Japan.
CJCC becomes the human resource development and information center to promote private sector development in Cambodia.
- Strengthening of CJCC Management
Management of CJCC is further strengthened to be a sustainable service providing organization.
- Strengthening of Human Resource Development Course
(a) Human Resource Development Course further contributing to private sector is implemented.
(b) Management and implementation of Human Resource Development Course is strengthened with more
initiatives and utilization of local resources.
- Strengthening of Japanese Language Course
(a) High-quality of Japanese language courses are implemented with complement needs and activities of other
Japanese education institutions.
(b) Management system with local resources is strengthened.
- Strengthening and integration of provision and facilitation between Cambodia and Japan is strengthened.
Framework of CJCC Project Phase II
- Basic Concept of the Project
Both sides shared the basic concept of the project as the following points:
a) The Project will be implemented in the context of private sector development in Cambodia.
b) During the project period, Cambodian and Japanese sides make effort to secure sustainability of the project activities by taking possible measures as follows:
- To formulate annual and mid-term management plan which includes logical linkage among activities, budget and resources through the introduction to PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Action) cycle.
- To increase the number of counterpart personnel.
- To involve more Cambodian lectures as resource persons in HRD course, and to encourage further initiatives of Cambodian staff in each activity as well.
- To provide the opportunity of training, including JICA training in Japan, for appropriate Cambodian personnel such as lecturers and staff.
- To increase its own income.
a) The “Steering Committee” in the Phase I Project shall be renamed to the “Joint Coordination Committee”.
b) The Chairperson of the Joint Coordination Committee shall be the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport.
c) To deepen communication and to discuss operational matters, the Managing Committee should be further strengthened and utilized as the practical forum of CJCC management involving RUPP and relevant universities and ministries.
CJCC has already established its legal and institutional framework, and the organization is also about to have a technical sustainability for its daily operation and management. The project plans to focus on the managerial, organizational and financial issues that were remained as crucial and unsolved in a medium-term at the terminal evaluation of the Phase I, in which concrete activities and expected outputs that should be achieved in order to solve above-mentioned issues are designed to define. It is expected that the project has a certain scale of sustainability at the end of the project by the consideration and implementation of the concrete measures that solve those issues by means of formulation and implementation both of medium-term human resource development plan of local lecturers and CJCC staff and of a strategic management plan including measures for increasing financial sustainability, in view of a transfer of the project implementation to the Cambodian site in the future. It is important to plan and implement activities to make clear of realistic and reasonable level of financial sustainability with recognition that it is very difficult to ensure the financial sustainability with resources only by the Cambodian side.
1. Management of CJCC and implementation of activities executed in cooperation with all Japanese Institutions
2. Human Resource Development to promote market-oriented economic reform through Japanese experiences
3. Technical & Intellectual assistance for the systematic establishment to promote market-oriented economic reform
4. Consideration the coordination function of selection for overseas student
5. Bases for building up people networking
6. Bases for offering information
7. Education of Japanese Language
We consider establishment of various Japanese Language Courses in addition to existing Japanese Courses that are connected directly with business needs to make their business more smoothly. (For example: Business Japanese Course, Japanese Course for tour guide and so on).
8. Promoting mutual understanding
In addition to the activities and events having been conducted, the Center will actively implement any activities concerning technical cooperation of JICA and activities promoting regional network as well as to create business network with Japan, and other main activities promoting business environment in Cambodia.
9. Making wide networks with other organizations
1) Making networks with local economic organizations or chamber of commerce and industry.
2) Making systematic networks in Japan.
3) Making networks with universities, museums and libraries in Japan.
4) Promoting linkage between Japanese business world, local government, government agencies (JBIC, JETRO, AOTS), NGOs and Cambodia.
5) Promoting PR activities about Cambodia in Japan and increase Japanese supporters for Cambodia.
1) Public Relations is one of the main activities of CJCC.
2) Utilizing mass-media both in Cambodia and Japan.
3) Implementing public relation activities concerning Japan's international cooperation, for example ODA, technical cooperation projects, with close colaborative relationship with Embassy of Japan in Cambodia.
CJCC Opening Ceremony
On February 21, 2006, The Cambodia Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) celebrated the official opening of its new building on the campus of the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). Japanese and Cambodian people, students, foreign diplomats alike, joined the celebration in which Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Cambodia and H.E. Takahashi Fumiaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Cambodia delivered speeches, congratulating the center for its achievements helping to enhance consistent human resource development and to strengthen closer ties between the Japanese and Cambodian people.